Saturday, October 24

Be flawless and not be stumbling others up to the day of Christ.Phil. 1:10.

If we love someone, we do not want to hurt that person. Instead, we strive to merit his approval. Since that is the case, we do well to take some time to reflect on what the consequences would be for us and others were we to give in to unclean fleshly desires. We should ask ourselves: ‘How would my selfish action affect my relationship with Jehovah? What effect would the wrong action have on my family? How would it affect my brothers and sisters in the congregation? Could I stumble others?’ We could also ask: ‘Are a few moments of illicit pleasure worth the heartache that my choice would cause? Do I really want to end up like Esau, weeping bitterly when I realize what I have done?’ Reflecting on such questions will help us to “abhor what is wicked” and “cling to what is good.” Especially will love for Jehovah move us to cling to our inheritance.

COMMENTARY

The Watchtower’s counsel is fine. We do not want to give into selfish desires. The end results are never good. 

But as regards the theme scripture, what exactly is “the day of Christ”? And is it different than the Lord’s day?

The Watchtower implies that they are different. The day of Jesus Christ has not begun. But supposedly the Lord’s day has. But by the same reasoning, is there a difference between the day of Jehovah and Jehovah’s day – two expressions which also appear in prophecy? The answer is, of course not. 

That being the case, why do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the day of Jesus is different than the Lord’s day? 

When is the Lord’s Day? 

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